Jan Coleman

coleman Jan ColemanI’m a native of the South Side of Chicago, so it was an absolute thrill when the White Sox won the 2005 World Series. (I’m still smiling).

A graduate of the School of Communications at Southern Illinois University, I have a double major, Journalism and Broadcasting.

I’ve worked at several stations in Chicago. Early on, I wanted to make a living as a singer/songwriter but I could not compete with Joni Mitchell. I still sing and write on the side as a hobby.

I’ve won several reporting awards including one from the Associated Press on “Gangs in the Suburbs” and a Peter Lisagor for feature reporting on the gambling boat experience.

(CBS File Photo)

Former Chicago Police Candidates File Lawsuit Citing Discrimination

Two former Chicago Police candidates have filed separate lawsuits against the department for alleged discrimination and unfair dismissal of their applications.


Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, arrives at the federal courthouse in Rockford for her arraignment on charges she embezzled $53 million from the town since 1990. (Credit: CBS)

Auction For Rita Crundwell’s Belongings Ends

The online auction of items from homes that once belonged to former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell generated $7.4 million.



Man Gets 20 Years For Shooting That Wounded 18-Month-Old Girl

A 28-year-old South Side man will spend the next 20 years behind bars – for shooting an 18-month old girl.

CBS Chicago–09/29/2012

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Jail Inmates: We Were Held An Extra Day Because Of Computer Problem

Five former Cook County Jail inmates are suing the Sheriff’s office.Five former Cook County Jail inmates are suing the Sheriff’s office.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

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Police Go After Drug Markets On South Side

Chicago Police are going after drug gangs, in an effort to cut the level of gun violence in the city.

CBS Chicago–09/08/2012

Denver police and an FBI agent escort Marcus Covington off a JetBlue flight from New York to L.A., after Covington allegedly fondled a pregnant woman, and refused a flight attendant's request to stay seated. (Photo courtesy: Yoram Kohanzadeh)

Chicago Man To Stand Trial In Denver For Allegedly Groping Woman On Plane

A Chicago man will stand trial in Denver on charges he behaved badly on an aircraft.

CBS Chicago–08/25/2012

Photo Credit:  Chicago Blues Festival via Facebook

This Weekend Is Biggest Of Chicago’s Festival Season

A busy and fun weekend for Chicago with, it would seem, something for everyone. It would seem there is something for everyone.


Police arrested Queshan King, 22, charging him with endangering the life of a child and possession of a gun without a FOID card. (Credit: Chicago Police Dept.)

Police Discover Child, 3, Holding Gun During Traffic Stop

Police officers got a surprise when the person they found holding a gun during a recent stop on the West Side was a 3-year-old girl.


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Judge Approves 86 Acre Expansion Of Southeast Side Landfill

Chicago just got a little smaller, now that a Cook County judge ruled in favor of a waste disposal company that’s taking 86 acres on the Southeast side to expand its landfill operation.


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U Of I Researcher Offers Free Eye Tests For Pugs

If you have a pug, a U. of I. researcher would like to give him or her a free eye test.


Stethoscope (Photo Illustration by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Health Insurance Company Cooperating With State After Warning

The Illinois Department of Insurance issued a warning about a health insurance company. Now, the company is trying to resolve the matter.


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Former School Custodian Gets 15 Years For Child Porn

A former custodian at a southwest suburban high school was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for possession and transporting child porn.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel (CBS)

Organizers Of Anti-Wall Street Protest Write Mayor Emanuel

Organizers of an anti-Wall Street protest in Chicago are gathering signatures on petitions they will send to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.



Man Fathered His Daughter’s Child, Tried Hiring Hitman

Bail has been set at $7 million for a Steger man who wanted his daughter dead.


Christian T. Jensen (Waukegan Police Department)

Driver Charged In Fatal Hit-And-Run In Waukegan

A 22-year-old Waukegan man has been charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of an elderly woman Thursday night.


Gov. Pat Quinn

New Bill Puts Limit On How Long Directors Serve On State Agencies

From now on, Illinois governors face new limits on how long people can run state agencies without legislative approval.


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Police: Man Made Sexual Comments To Girl Near Park

Police are warning Southwest Side residents of the attempted sexual exploitation of child that happened this month near a Clearing neighborhood park.


Closed Sign

Federal Regulators Shut Down Illinois Bank

On Friday, regulators shut down a bank in Illinois and one in Washington-state, bringing the number closed this year to 63.


Photo Of Marijuana Plants. (AP Photo)

Father, Daughter Charged With Growing Pot

A West Suburban father and daughter are charged with growing pot in their home.


Chicago Police (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ministers To Daley: Move Cops To Higher-Crime Districts

A group of black ministers is demanding Mayor Richard M. Daley and Police Superintendent Jody Weis keep their promise to put more cops in high crime areas.

WBBM Newsradio–02/19/2011


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